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Camino French Way – Stage Three

About This Walk

Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims, walking the third stage of the French Way. Starting from the medieval city of Burgos, with its impressive Gothic cathedral, this section takes you across the vast wide-open spaces of the Meseta, dotted with picturesque sleepy villages and Romanesque churches.  Pilgrims journey to their destination of Calzadilla, a small town with only 60 inhabitants that passes through the River Cueza. One of the main attractions of this village is that ruins of a Roman settlement, ‘the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Tiendas’ still remains.

 

Highlights: 

  • Embark on a Camino journey through the Castilla y León region
  • Explore the medieval city of Burgos famous for its French Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary
  • Traverse the Spanish Meseta, the large and expansive flat plains of central Spain
  • Visit the 16th century church of Inmaculada Concepción in Villanueva de Argaño y Hontanas
  • Stop for refreshments in Castrojeriz, closely linked to the Jacobean route, this town celebrates in style during the feast of Santiago on the 25th of July
  • See the church of San Martín de Frómista one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in all the Camin
  • Choose between two routes on Day 5 from Frómista to Carrión de los Condes
  • Follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims as you walk along the walk the old Roman road, the Vía Aquitana

 

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Burgos to Calzadilla
(101 Km)
6 nights
€445 pp

Day 1: Arrive Burgos

Day 2:

From Burgos to Hornillos del Camino, 19 km approx.

Before leaving Burgos we can visit the monastery of Las Huelgas.

This stage is the first of the so-called Spanish Meseta which we will be crossing for a few days. We leave the green landscapes of Navarra and the vineyards of La Rioja to get into the plain, warm Meseta, mainly devoted to cereal crop and very dry in summer.

We leave Burgos and walk through Rabé de las Calzadas, typical village from this section of the Camino which runs next to a paved road. We follow this track until Hornillos del Camino.

Day 3:

From Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz, 20 km approx.

We walk through the villages of Villanueva de Argaño y Hontanas, where we can visit the parish church of Inmaculada Concepción from the 16th century. Then we reach Castrojeriz, where the battles between Christians and Saracens took place. Possibility to visit the church of Virgen del Manzano, with its origin in the 13th century.

Day 4:

From Castrojeriz to Frómista, 25 km approx.

Today we finally reach the Meseta after climbing a hill on the way out of Castrojeriz.

One of the most important things we’ll find during this stage is the Puente de Itero bridge over the river Pisuerga.

We reach Frómista after going along Boadilla del Camino where we can visit its parish church. In Frómista we have the opportunity to visit the church of San Martín de Frómista, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in all the Camino.

Day 5:

From Frómista to Carrión de los Condes, 20 km approx.

After leaving Frómista you can choose between two variants which join together again in Villalcazar de Sirga, before Carrión de los Condes. One of them runs next to a main road and the other one next to the river Ucieza. In Villalcazar there’s the possibility to visit the church of Santa María la Blanca, from 13th century.

Day 6:

From Carrión de los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza, 17 km approx.

In Carrión de los Condes we can visit the church of Santa María del Camino and the church of Santiago.

Today part of the walk follows an old Roman road, the Vía Aquitana.

Price of €445 per person includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation in private hotels / pensions
  • Daily baggage transfers
  • Walking Notes
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Emergency support in the event of a problem

 

Single Supplement: €139.00

We have chosen popular family run hotels / pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.

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